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Cumberland South NDP riding association president Larry Duchesne is stepping up to become the party’s candidate tonight in what will be one of the province’s hotly contested ridings when the next provincial election is called.
SPRINGHILL, N.S. – The former leader of the Island New Democrats is seeking office in Nova Scotia.
The Cumberland South NDP Constituency Association has nominated Larry Duchesne to run as their candidate in the next provincial election, widely expected to be called this fall.
The nomination event took place Monday evening, at the Nova Scotia Community College in Springhill.
To win the seat, Duchesne will have to unseat a political heavyweight in the province.
Progressive Conservative leader Jamie Baillie holds the riding for the Tories, who presently have seven of the legislature’s 52 seats after being trounced in the 2009 provincial election when then premier Rodney MacDonald’s minority government was defeated on a money bill. The governing NDP hold 31 seats; the Liberals have 12, two other seats are vacant.
"Families in Cumberland South want access to good jobs, quality schools for their children and health care that is there when they need it. I am eager to make sure those things exist here," said Duchesne.
Duchesne resides in River Phillip where he is a substitute teacher. He also serves as the Secretary on the Board of Directors for Autumn House women’s shelter. In addition, he volunteers as a food packer at the Oxford Food Bank and is a father of four children.
Duchesne spent many years teaching at schools in Quebec and Northern Ontario. He also worked as a newspaper reporter and served as the provincial leader of the P.E.I. NDP for three years.
Duchesne said he is looking forward to getting out in the community to learn more about what people in Cumberland South are looking for from their next government.
“The NDP came in to government during a very difficult time, more challenging than many people realize I think. They’ve done an excellent job of getting our province back on track,” said Duchesne.
“Not only have they steered our province through some challenging times, they’ve laid out a clear path that will create a better future for families here. It includes ensuring better access to healthcare, putting a greater emphasis on math and reading in schools, and securing the lowest, fairest energy rates by finally moving Nova Scotia away from expensive fossil fuels toward local, clean energy sources,” said Duchesne.